Establishing Innocence or Guilt

The Reliability of Convictions

- in Plano, Texas, USA

The Center for American and International Law
5201 Democracy Drive
Plano, Texas 75024

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Credits:MCLE Credit will be available

Overview

This program will highlight topical issues related to actual innocence, focusing on causes of and solutions to wrongful convictions.  It will focus on best practices for defense lawyers, prosecutors and law enforcement officials, discussing forensic evidence and other issues. This course should be relevant to prosecutors and their staff, defense lawyers and their staff, law enforcement officers and judges.

This program is funded by a grant from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

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Who Should Attend?

Judges, Prosecutors and their staff, Criminal Defense Attorneys and their staff, Law Enforcement Officers, and law students. Thanks to the grant, the seminar is offered tuition-free to most registrants.

Schedule and Faculty

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

8:00 a.m.


Check-In & Registration

9:00 a.m.


Welcome & Introductions

9:05 a.m.


Criminal Justice Reform Initiatives in Collin County

  • Greg Willis, Collin County District Attorney’s Office, McKinney, Texas
  • Bill Wirskye, Collin County District Attorney’s Office, McKinney, Texas

10:00 a.m.


Case Law & Legislative Update

  • Gary Udashen, Udashen & Anton, Dallas, Texas

11:00 a.m.


Break

11:15 a.m.


Panel: What All Counties Can Do for Conviction Integrity

  • Calli Bailey, Collin County District Attorney’s Office, McKinney, Texas
  • Dawn Boswell, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Alison Dahlberg, Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, San Antonio, Texas
  • Gerald Doyle, Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Houston, Texas
  • Cynthia Garza, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, Texas
  • John F. Lopez, Travis County District Attorney’s Office, Austin, Texas

12:15 p.m.


Lunch (Provided)

1:00 p.m.


Bond Reform Initiatives
  • Patricia Cummings, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2:00 p.m.


Break

2:05 p.m.


Bloodstain Pattern Analysis in the Courtroom: Good Science vs. Bad Analysis

  • Celestina Rossi, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Conroe, Texas

3:35 p.m.


Break

3:45 p.m.


Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

  • John Dornheim, NAMI North Texas, Dallas, Texas

4:45 p.m.


Reception

5:45 p.m.


Recess

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

9:00 a.m.


Best Practices for Prosecutors

  • Cynthia Garza, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, Texas

10:00 a.m.


Forensics & Actual Innocence: What’s New?

  • Lynn Garcia, Texas Forensic Science Commission, Austin, Texas

11:00 a.m.


Break

11:15 a.m.


DNA in 2019

  • Lynn Garcia, Texas Forensic Science Commission, Austin, Texas

12:15 p.m.


Lunch (Provided)

1:00 p.m.


Best Practices for Defense Attorneys

  • Russell Wilson, Law Office of Russell Wilson II, Dallas, Texas

2:00 p.m.


Break

2:15 p.m.


Ethics Panel

  • Gerald Doyle, Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Houston, Texas
  • Jules Epstein, Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jacob Mitchell, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Sarah Roland, Attorney at Law, Denton, Texas

3:15 p.m.


Improving Statement Evidence Reliability

  • James Trainum, Criminal Case Review and Consulting, Washington, D.C.

5:15 p.m.


Recess

Thursday, February 28, 2019

9:00 a.m.


Introduction to The Richard Miles Case

  • Cynthia Garza, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, Texas

9:15 a.m.


A Session with Richard Miles

  • Richard Miles, Exoneree, Dallas, Texas

10:15 a.m.


Session on Richard Miles Case (From a Defense Perspective)

  • Cheryl Wattley, UNT Dallas College of Law, Dallas, Texas

11:15 a.m.


Break

11:30 a.m.


Session Richard Miles Case (From a Prosecution Perspective)

  • Mike Ware, Attorney At Law, Fort Worth, Texas

12:30 p.m.


Lunch (Provided)

1:15 p.m.


The Importance of Polygraph Testing in Actual Innocence Cases: Issues to Consider

  • Eric J. Holden, M.A., L.P.C., Behavioral Measures & Forensic Services, Dallas, TX

2:15 p.m.


Comments from the Hon. Barbara Hervey

3:00 p.m.


Roundtable: The Richard Miles Case

  • Gary Udashen (Moderator)
  • Cynthia Garza
  • The Hon. Barbara Hervey
  • Richard Miles
  • Mike Ware
  • Cheryl Wattley

4:00 p.m.


Adjourn

CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 19.5 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 174041668.

In addition to Texas, after the program (if requested) CAIL will directly apply for course accreditation in the following states, as long as course materials and evaluations are not required: California, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through attorney self-submission in other states, as long as course materials and evaluations are not required to be submitted.

TCOLE Credit

Law enforcement personnel attending this course are eligible for 21 hours of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) credit.

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

Hyatt Place Plano welcomes our guests attending Establishing Innocence, at The Center for American and International Law. We have set aside a block of rooms with a group rate of $103/night, plus applicable fees/taxes for 2/25/2019-2/28/2019.

Please make your reservations by 2/10/2019. As long as the reservation is made by this date, and the group block has availability, you will receive the group rate. Any reservations not received on or before this cut-off date are subject to hotel availability at the best available prevailing rate.

Booking Instructions

Book Online

Type in Arrival/Departure Dates
Enter Group/Corporate #: G-C100
or
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997

Dates available: 2/25/2019-2/28/2019

Mention the group name: CAILAW / Establishing Innocence 

  •  A valid credit card is required to make reservations
  • Tax Exemption Certificates and Credit Card Authorization Forms may be faxed to the hotel directly at 972.608.4427 prior to your arrival.

Other Information

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellation must be received 5 business days prior to a program to receive a refund (Email: lgaspar@cailaw.org). After this date, no refunds, but substitution of attendees for this program will be permitted with prior approval. Registrants not entitled to a refund will receive the course materials. Note: Registrants must attend the program to receive the course materials, unless tuition was paid.

Nondiscriminatory Policy

The Center for American and International Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected status in educational activities, scholarship programs or admissions.

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